SoCJ’s Calvi Admitted to Leading Writers’ Workshops for His Literary Journalism

Pablo Calvi, associate professor of journalism at the Stony Brook School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ), was accepted to two highly selective programs for professional writers and literary journalists.

“Pablo finds and tells stories that are hidden — or ignored — by many other journalists and writers,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the SoCJ and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “His work, that he generously shares with our undergraduate and graduate students, has a meaningful impact in how people and societies view and understand the Global South. These are important stories, and I am delighted that his talent has been recognized, and will be further elevated, through these two exclusive programs.”

This summer, Calvi participated in the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity’s Literary Arts Program for literary journalism. The program brings together emerging and established writers for intensive writing workshops and individual mentorship. It is one of the most prestigious and selective programs of its kind in North America.  

He is also participating in CUNY Graduate Center’s Writers’ Institute. The one-year program, focused on creative nonfiction, connects writers with four editors of leading publications. This year, Calvi and 11 others will work with editors from the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker and the book publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux, among others.

“My goal is to reveal the nuances of what lies under the stereotypes, removing the veil of a colonial mindset that has tainted the way in which the Global North media understands and covers the world still to this day,” said Calvi. “I try to show in my writing what I see that others can’t.”

Calvi is a multilingual journalist and author. He specializes in literary journalism, a form of reporting that draws from the writer’s personal experiences and voice, and that relies on writing conventions and forms more frequently found in literature. In 2019, he published Latin American Adventures in Literary Journalism, and frequently writes for magazines and newspapers in the United States, Argentina, Brazil and other countries in Latin America. 

He was the first non-native English speaker to win a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. His work has received notable mentions in Best American EssaysBest American Travel Writing and Best American Nonrequired Reading. Between his native Argentina and Stony Brook, Calvi has lived, learned and worked in France, Bolivia and Cambodia, among others.

He is working on an auto-fictional novel, a second book about Latin American literary journalism, a peer-reviewed anthology about literary journalism and naturalism, and at least one long feature piece. 

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